Bowling Alley Maple Bench

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Project by woodenships posted 10-02-2009 03:44 AM 3402 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to the group and thought I didn’t have any good projects to share…but I remembered doing this restore and finish of this OLD Bowling Alley Bench (very comfortable) 1940 or 50s??.
My dad had it stored in a barn for years and it was originally twice as long.
I fab’d the sides and refinished it..first with bleach than steel wool and lots of sanding.
I think I used an “all in one” Honey poly on it …two coats.

It has seen lots of wear via kids hockey skates lunch boxes shoes/boots etc ….its in our front hall.

The top/back and front are really thick. I basically glued up and shaped the non original sides/legs.

Notice how the front legs were are rotten from sitting in the barn on damp soil for years.

I want to make it more stable as it can tip forward but I like the look of the those disappearring legs.


-- "Safety is habit you start and always keep!"

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 04:21 AM

A great looking bench. Nice restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 06:50 AM

A great restoration job. Turned out very well.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#3 posted 10-02-2009 06:53 AM

good work

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